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Tuesday, 17 March 1987
Page: 836

(Question No. 968)


Senator Reynolds asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 14 March 1986:

(1) What is the determined policy of the Attorney-General's Department in relation to de facto relationships.

(2) How is the policy implemented in regard to rights under Commonwealth law.


Senator Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) and (2) The Department's policy is determined by its responsibility for implementation of the Government's policy relating to discrimination on a number of grounds, including marital status. In furtherance of this policy, the Department has co-ordinated a review of all Commonwealth and Territory legislation to ensure consistency with the Sex Discrimination Act 1984. That review led to the Sex Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Act 1986, which amended a number of Acts to remove discriminatory provisions. Removal of discrimination in superannuation legislation is currently being re-examined.